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Part III Tasks and Objectives, s.3 Strengthening Democratic Governance, 35 Programmes of Cooperation and Solidarity

Norman Weiß

From: The Council of Europe: Its Law and Policies

Edited By: Stefanie Schmahl, Marten Breuer

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 05 October 2023

Democracy — Economic, social, and cultural rights — Responsibility of international organizations — Rule of law

This chapter examines the Council of Europe’s (CoE’s) social cohesion policies. It first takes a look at the role of the CEB’s activities with regard to social cohesion. Since the bank was established in 1956, the scope of its activity has broadened beyond the original, and now includes other sectors as it grants loans to finance projects with a social purpose, thus complementing the activities of other intergovernmental institutions. The chapter then turns to the broader internal social cohesion policies, before discussing the NSC’s role in external cohesion policies. The NSC is contributing to promote social cohesion in the countries of the South by a broad intercultural dialogue and by dealing with the role of women in society especially. To conclude, the chapter offers some insights on the future prospects for a social cohesion policy within the CoE.

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